My clients frequently ask me “how do I keep my skin healthy and youthful?” One of the most important steps in keeping our skin healthy and youthful is to wear sunscreen year-round. Many of us only think to protect our skin during the summer months, but reflection from snow also exposes the skin to the sun’s damaging effects.
After protecting our skin from the sun, proper cleansing, exfoliating and toning are the most important steps we can take to keeping skin healthy, smooth, strong and firm.
Properly cleansing your face, morning and evening, takes very little time, but is a very important step to rid skin of environmental pollutants, oil and dirt. Choosing the right cleanser for your skin type, whether oily, normal, combination, dry or sensitive, is important to maintaining the health of your skin. I recommend to my clients, ZO Skin Health products for their skin type. The products effectively cleanse, hydrate and clean away dead skin in order to support cellular renewal.
There are several reasons why we should exfoliate our face, regardless of our skin type. Exfoliation will:
- stimulate your skin
- help clear acne and breakouts
- improve your skin tone and texture by shedding old, tired cells and allow new cells to move to the surface
- reduce the appearance of pores by removing dirt and oil deep within the pores; and
- improve the effectiveness of other therapeutic treatments.
I recommend ZO Exfoliating Polish. Its ultra-fine magnesium crystals are gentle, but extremely effective at removing dead skin cells that will speed epidermal turnover. I caution my clients about some exfoliators available commercially. They can actually do more harm than good.
One of the most overlooked steps in daily skin care is the use of toners. Toners not only remove impurities you may have left behind after cleansing, but they also moisturize, sooth and balance the pH of your skin. For my patients who are prone to acne, I recommend ZO TE-pads, which deep-clean pores using 2% salicylic acid, and contain botanical extracts to calm and soothe your skin. For other clients I recommend, ZO Balatone to condition, moisturize and hydrate treated skin.
So, why are we such fans of Dr. Zein Obagi’s ZO Skin Health products? In short – they work. They are prescription-based, therapeutic and aesthetic skincare products ONLY available through medical spas. Meredith Bay Laser and Skincare Center is one of only three locations in New Hampshire to offer these products, and the only location in central New Hampshire.